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Efficient SIPs Lanefab House in Vancouver

When you build one of the first laneway houses in Vancouver – and a modern, green one at that – you tend to attract a crowd.  The open house of this home gathered more than a 1,000  visitors with a one-hour backlog at times.  It’s the first in Vancouver’s EcoDensity program, which allows for a small, alley-access structure on existing single-family property.

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By |March 11th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture|Tags: , , , |1 Comment
  • Decatur Green Remodel

Prairie Style Remodel Earns Green Award

This whole-home remodel by Renewal Design-Build is the recipient of several awards, including a regional CotY award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and a Chrysalis Award for Best Green Remodeling Project.  Located in Decatur, Georgia, the original 1930s, 900 square-foot home was mostly deconstructed to the foundation and a new, 2,100 square-foot home was built from the salvaged materials.

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By |March 11th, 2011|Categories: Renovation, Single Family|Tags: , , |7 Comments
  • Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens

How to Clean Air with Indoor Plants

In this rather concise TED video, Kamal Meattle explains that there are three common plants that can be used to grow all the fresh air needed to maintain human health.  Research suggests that these plants can help with tight, energy-efficient structures to mitigate what’s commonly referred to as sick building syndrome.  The plants are:

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By |March 10th, 2011|Categories: Air Quality, Vegetation, video|Tags: |8 Comments
  • Haskell Series 9 chair

Haskell Intros Eco Modern Series 9 Line

As spring approaches, folks hankering for vitamin D will find a way to get outdoors. Lounging around may require furniture and Haskell, a new design firm, wants to help with its new Series 9 collection of outdoor furnishings made in Southern California. Series 9 includes a chaise, chair, occasional table, side table, and the “sultan”– a low 8″ riser seating option for up to two adults.

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By |March 9th, 2011|Categories: Furniture|Tags: |11 Comments
  • Planning for The New Home of 2015

Home of 2015: Small, Green, and Casual

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently published the results of new research into what Americans are looking for in their next home.  The electronic survey — The New Home in 2015 — went to 3,019 builders, designers, architects, and marketing specialists, and 238 of the total pool responded.  From the responses, the NAHB determined that new homes will be smaller, greener, and more casual.

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By |March 9th, 2011|Categories: News|9 Comments
  • Montrose Avenue House

Warm Modern Montrose House in Virginia

Latitude 38, a design-build firm out of Charlottesville, started this home on spec until the current owners, Mark Hampton and Jay Alexander, fell in love, according to local magazine Abode.  Montrose House has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, 1,837-square feet, and an open layout on two levels.  Hampton and Alexander walked through the place while under construction and immediately connected with the layout.

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By |March 8th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , |4 Comments
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